No one should struggle with food insecurity, but it’s closer than you think. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even a co-worker may all be effected by this issue. Especially vulnerable are children. For instance, a family of four dealing with hunger may need 36 additional meals a month simply because they do not have the money to purchase enough food. Seniors and older adults are also at risk, with numbers showing their struggle at an all-time high.
To support these individuals, Oakland University and the city of Mount Clemens have partnered to launch a community-wide food drive to benefit the Macomb Food Program. The food drive kicks off on Nov. 1 and continues through the 43rd Annual Macomb County Santa Parade on Saturday, Nov. 17.
This is the third year OU is hosting the campaign.
“OU strives to be a good community partner in Macomb County,” says Julie Dichtel, OU executive director of Macomb County Outreach. “Our annual food drive allows OU staff, students, faculty and alumni to make a positive impact in the community where they live. By collaborating with the city of Mount Clemens this year, we will be able to help even more residents in need this holiday season.”
In 2017, OU staff, students, faculty and alumni collected 1,175 pounds of food – nearly triple the 394 pounds collected in 2016. The goal for 2018 is 3,000 pounds of food.
“We’re grateful to Oakland University, the city of Mount Clemens, all participating local businesses and the community for your support,” said Shannon Mallory, program manager for the Macomb Food Program. “Food donations are crucial to our mission to feed the hungry in Macomb County. Donations help us keep the shelves of the more than 50 Macomb County hunger relief organizations and food pantries we work with stocked with food to feed those in need.”
OU will accept non-perishable and canned food donations at its Anton/Frankel Center at 20 South Main Street in Mount Clemens and the Macomb University Center at 44575 Garfield Road (UC2/Suite 103) in Clinton Township. For days and times the buildings are open, visit OU’s Macomb County Outreach Facebook page at oumacomb1.
Food donations may also be made at the following locations in Mount Clemens from Nov. 1 through Nov. 16:
- Weirdsville Records
- SVS Optical Center
- Paperback Writer Books
- O’Halloran’s Public House and Hall
- Orleans Sports Café
- The Nest
- Macomb County Sheriff’s Department
- Mount Clemens City Hall
- Macomb County Administration Building
For an updated list of participating businesses, visit OU’s Macomb County Outreach Facebook page at oumacomb1. For more information and to get involved, contact Rebecca Robbins, OU community engagement intern, at (248) 370-3910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.